Posted: 25/01/2017 at 15:31
"Speaking from a lifetime of experience,"
I've found that people will often say "No" if you ask them if you can do something, where if you just go ahead and do it, few will have the courage or interest to say you shouldn't have done so.
I wouldn't give it a second thought, but then that's just me.
They're hardly going to take you to court over a few eyes screwed into what is effectively now a "party fence."
Last edited: 25 January 2017 14:00:55
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Maybe not take them to court, but my mother's neighbours tried your approach. Mum's garage wall was about 9" inside the boundary line. The new neighbours ripped down the fence along the side of the garage and started drilling the wall to fix trellis etc to it. Mum told them to stop as (a) the boundary fence was mum's property and (b) she didn't want holes drilled into the garage which was on her land.
She also made them reinstate the fence. Relations were a bit frosty after that, but they didn't stay long anyway. Had they had the courtesy to ask before they started, the answer would have been "No" but they could have saved themselves the expense of reinstating the fence.
The fence between me and my neighbour is my property and my neighbour asked if I would mine him painting it. We agreed on the colour and I supplied the materials whilst he did the work. He had expected to buy the materials himself so he was well chuffed. Two very different attitudes, and two very different outcomes.